Bikur Cholim Hospital chairman Yoram Blachar resigns

March 15, 2011 21:09

Dr. Yoram Blachar, former chairman of the Israel Medical Association who last year made a last-ditch effort to save Jerusalem’s 143-year-old Bikur Cholim Hospital, on Tuesday night informed the hospital management and doctors’ union that he was resigning immediately as chairman of the voluntary organization running the institution.

He said his decision came following "rumors" that Deputy Helth Minister Ya’acov Litzman would not support the remaining option that would save Bikur Cholim from closing down: Russian oligarch Arkadi Gaydamak -- who originally purchased the institution for over $32 million and then said he owned only the real estate -- would match state funding and be allowed to build high-rise buildings on non-historic sections of the downtown campus.

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